'''Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit''' is an experimental Rock music|rock
group originally founded by Bruce Hampton|Col. Bruce Hampton
. The band gained popularity in the Atlanta club scene in the early 1990s and went on to tour with the first H.O.R.D.E.
Tour. During the initial years, the band was composed of Bruce Hampton, Oteil Burbridge
, Jimmy Herring
, Jeff Sipe
, Matt Mundy, and Count M'Butu
. Jeff Mosier and Charlie Williams were both members of the band during the early years, but left to pursue other endeavors. Although the band was never commercially successful, their combination of Bluegrass music|bluegrass
, rock and roll|rock
, Latin music (genre)|Latin
, Blues music|blues
, and impeccable chops became a template for future bands.